Defenders of the Faith? Jehovah's Witnesses Preach to Migrants in Denmark
Jehovah's Witnesses do not think twice before looking for new members, and are now targeting refugees, according to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
The newspaper referred to the small Danish town of Flauenskjold, where about 22 refugees currently reside; some of them are reportedly already contacting members from a local branch of Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Jyllands-Posten quoted locals as saying that they had the impression that Jehovah's Witnesses are making special tours of the refugee centers in order to recruit future followers there.
In a move that reflected their ever-increasing clout in Denmark, the Jehovah's Witnesses launched an Arabic language speaking group in the country two years ago, in February 2013.
The past few years have seen more migrants in Denmark become Jehovah's Witnesses, with the group's press secretary
Dag-Erik Kristoffersen repeatedly claiming that refugees are not being forced to join. This allegation, however, was rejected
by refugee center head Nina Svendsen, according to the newspaper Jyllands-Posten.
Jehovah's Witnesses are evangelical millenarians who believe that the destruction of the current world as we know it in the
iblical Battle of Armageddon is imminent, and that the establishment of God's kingdom over the Earth is the only solution for all problems faced by humanity.
Several cases involving Jehovah's Witnesses have been heard by Supreme Courts all across the world.
The cases are, as a rule, related to their right to practice their religion, displays of patriotism and military service
, as well as blood transfusions, which nearly all Jehovah's Witnesses refuse. They may find an unwelcome reception
among dedicated Muslims, who see apostasy, the act of converting to another religion, as an abhorrent sin which many
who advocate Sharia Law believe should be punishable by death.